FAIRMOUNT ESTATE Kevin KevinCostner, Costner,world-famous world-famousOscar-winning Oscar-winningactor/ actor/ director, director,together togetherwith withhis histhen-wife, then-wife,commissioned commissionedand and built builtthis thisvilla villainin1989. 1989.Originally OriginallyananItalian Italian Mediterranean Mediterraneanmanse, manse,the thesecond secondowners ownershave have transformed transformedthe the7500+ 7500+square squarefeet feethome homeinto intoa aVenetian Venetian palazzo. palazzo.The Thehome homeisisfurnished furnishedwith withexquisite exquisiteantique antique rugs rugsand andhandmade handmade100% 100%silk silkand andwool woolcarpets, carpets,custom custom handmade handmadefurniture furnitureand andhand-dyed hand-dyedluxurious luxuriousfabrics. fabrics. The Therenovation renovationofofthis thisestate estatewas wasarchitected architectedbybyEwing Ewing Architects ArchitectsofofPasadena Pasadenaand andexecuted executedbybyFinton Finton Construction ConstructionofofLos LosAngeles. Angeles.This Thishome homehas hasbeen beenthe the site siteofofnumerous numerousgatherings gatheringswith withupwards upwardsofof300 300people, people, fundraisers fundraisersand andperformances performancessuch suchasasthe thePasadena Pasadena Conservatory ConservatoryofofMusic’s Music’s“Mansions “Mansions&&Music” Music”concert concert series. series.InIn2010 2010the theresidence residencewas wasselected selectedtotobebeinin Architectural ArchitecturalTreasures TreasuresofofLa LaCanada, Canada,Flintridge FlintridgeTour Tour for forLCHS. LCHS.
OVERVIEW A gracious compound surrounded by majes3c deodar trees and tall privacy walls, this gated Italian estate is impressively sited on a pres3gious corner high in the scenic foothills of La Canada Flintridge. No expense was spared in the structural overhaul, which emphasized upgrading and modernizing all of the home’s func-‐ 3onal systems. It is now a “smart home” fully wired for sound, employs state-‐of-‐the-‐art home controllers such as Lutron Homeworks ligh3ng and Crestron Mul3 Media control, is ouJiKed with 4 security cameras, 5 H VAC system with 4-‐zoned central hea3ng and Air on second ﬂoor, and includes a back-‐up generator. A drama3c two-‐story entry foyer, accented by a grand sweeping staircase, beckons guests into spectacular public rooms with tall hand-‐painted ceiling frescoes, French an3que limestone ﬂoors, custom Murano glass windows, hand-‐craQed cabinetry, designer ligh3ng ﬁxtures, inlaid hardwood ﬂooring and sensuous win-‐ dow coverings. The outstanding ﬂoor plan features a stunning living room, elegant dining room, in3mate entertaining alcoves, gourmet kitchen, family room, cozy oﬃce, ﬁve spacious bedrooms plus ar3st’s studio in the main residence. A second newly-‐constructed accessory building houses a 1000-‐boKle wine cel-‐ lar, wine-‐tas3ng room and a mul3-‐purpose retreat, perfect for guests and connoisseurs alike. Tall French doors and windows ﬁll this magniﬁcent home and connoisseur’s retreat with abundant natural light and capture the serene, scenic beauty of ﬂowering gardens, lush foliage and towering trees from most rooms. Beau3-‐ ful interior spaces transi3on seamlessly to expansive loggias and roman3c outdoor terraces, providing an enchan3ng venue for grand-‐scale entertain-‐ ing, in3mate dinner par3es or private relaxa3on. Dine alfresco under the stars, swim in the sun-‐lit salt-‐water pool, meander through the invi3ng secret gardens, host a children’s party, or cater an extravagant fund-‐raiser beneﬁt – the possibili3es are endless and the seZng is mesmerizing. Only minutes from shopping, ﬁne dining, top schools, and easy access to downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, movie studios and the west side, this ex-‐ cep3onal Italian compound is the ul3mate magical oasis in the heart of the city, and paradise found!
Main Residence : 6754 square feet Connoisseurâ€™s Retreat : 840 square feet Covered Loggias : 1000 Plus square feet Lot Size : 31,978 square feet
An unparalleled luxurious Venetian estate boasting 2 gated entries. Surrounded by soaring deodar trees, this completely private & walled estate was featured in numerous media & home tours. Estate living combined with a family lifestyle, this artisan home is a labor of love, almost fourÂ years in remodeling & redesign, equipped for catered entertaining events. Five bedroom suites including extensive Venetian master with his & hers quarters- Tuscan kitchen with nook & outdoor seating, A library with intricate venetian details, grand covered loggia with arched Moroccan tea area, endless frescoes on ceilings & walls, casework details, artisan signed venetian stained glass above a two story dining room, grand living & bar, separate connoisseur's retreat building with basement cellar, bar & dining; pool/spa with outdoor shower, lower playground & sport-court above, state of art systems throughout & house remodel completed in 2010
LIVING ROOM & BAR Ceiling frescoes and the barâ€™s hand-painted cabinet for glassware are as originally painted when the Costners lived here, but have been freshened by artist Claudio Scaravezzi who designed and painted the other ceiling and wall frescoes throughout.
LOGGIA The Loggia is accented with a built-in Moroccan-style banquet surrounded by custom mosaic tile work, providing a luxurious extension of the living area into the outdoors. Surfaced with Beaumaniere (French antiqued limestone), the wrap-around loggia expands the living room on 3 sides through abutted French doors for year-round protected entertaining.
DINING ROOM Flavio Fuga, son of renowned Murano glass maker Ansolo Fuga whose work can be seen in the Hotel Danieli near St. Mark’s Square in Venice, worked with the owners for over a year designing and creating the 5 upper windows with the dove motif, symbolizing peace and prosperity. These are not just stained glass; they are painted and sculpted with unique materials to have bas-relief contours and special refractory qualities. • The wood floor was built from owner’s design, oval to maximize the space, and inlaid by hand in Poland using mahogany and cherry in the border pattern and alder wood for the rest. • Fabrics for the curtains and drapes were hand-dyed and handmade. The sheers are hand embroidered with gold-woven thread. • Ceiling fresco and chandelier are original; Claudio created arch fresco. •
KITCHEN • • • • • •
The entire kitchen and family room area was gutted and remodeled, including: Rojo Alicante marble countertops from Spain. Custom-made hand-painted French tiles by Santa Monica tile artist Annie Sarboux based on the grand canal in Venice, inspired by the landscapes of Giovanni Antonio Canal better known as Canaletto (little Canal). 2 themes are prominent in all cabinetry – Venetian quatrefeuille (four leaf) design, and Moorish Lancet arches.
LIBRARY • • •
Custom cabinetry throughout with custom cushions and seating. Upper cabinetry incorporates antique mirrors. Ceiling fresco has Italian motif with Asian influences.
FAMILY ROOM Cushioned daybed is integrated with the custom cabinetry. Commissioned ceiling painting inspired by owners visit to Assisi Chapel incorporates astrological signs and cherubs (on the beams). Fireplace designed based on an ancient monastery door Khachkar or ‘cross stone’ design at Noravank monastery in Armenia. It is made of travertine, instead of traditional “Tuff ” stone, and carved in Mexico. • Media room with surround sound • • •
MASTER BEDROOM & BATH • • • • • •
Venetian plaster walls, and ceiling Mariano Fortuny Venetian glass light fixture and standing lamp. Carpet is in silk and Tibetan wool. Drapery hardware is French.. Mariano Fortuny custom handmade drapery panel, across the archway, separating her bathroom. Custom handmade glass windows inside the closet, by Venetian glass artist Flavio Fuga, themed with dove motif similar to the Dining Room.
UPSTAIRS FOYER & Entry • •
Carpeting is Tibetan wool. Antique French sconces are 200 years old.
CHILDREN’S SUITE •
Hallway fresco was inspired by vacation in Galapagos.
Ceiling of one bedroom evokes a circus tent; the other bedroom employs beach theme.
ART STUDIO •
Art Studio was previously Kevin Costner’s white-washed office; it’s been completely reconfigured with natural beams, new skylight, Tuscan-style fireplace, display shelving and all new cabinetry custom designed by owner for supplies, portfolios and large-paper storage, special-sized drawers, bins and cubbies.
SPA SUITE Spa room rendered as a sanctuary with 100% silk carpet and custom-built massage bed. Walls and ceiling covered in padded fabric for soundproofing. Bath accent wall is river rock.
GROUNDS • • • •
The estate occupies ¾ of an acre, which includes: Main Level - entrance court, lighted sports court, 3-car garage, wrap-around loggia, lawns and BBQ area. Mid Level – saltwater pool & spa, wisteria-covered gazebo and connoisseur’s retreat with adjoining bath & outdoor shower. Lower Level - children’s playground with large play structure surrounded by citrus trees (Meyer lemon, tart lemon and grapefruit).
CONNOISSEUR’S RETREAT Upstairs Office
Newly built in 2006 Tuscan style with Venetian plaster walls, walnut floors and 400-gallon freshwater fish tank heated during winter for it’s tropical residents:Fresco in the stairwell conveys the relationship between constellations and astrology figures as conceived by Claudio and features a wine merchants vessel. Downstairs Wine Cellar & Tasting Room
Custom-built snooker table that converts to tabletop for tastings; leaves are housed in custom cabinet in stairwell. Locally made of Italian fruitwood, rosewood & mahogany with ivory inlays and antique brass rosettes. • Beaumaniere floor is thermally heated to preserve optimal wine storage conditions. • Clerestory above bar brings in natural light; glass shelves allow light from above to illuminate color of cognac. Sink outfitted with special pumps for proper water flow and drainage. • 1,000-bottle wine cellar is custom-painted around alderwood shelving. •
Published on Sep 5, 2013